Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite books.

My Absolute Favorite Books I Read This Year

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As we approach the end of the year, I’ve been reflecting on the books I’ve read over the past several months. Most have been good or okay. A few were so horrible they made me want to scream or cry or both. But several of them were outstanding for a variety of reasons. Here is a list of books I would totally, absolutely, 100% recommend. They are listed in no particular order.

1. Fool Moon

I am a huge fan of the Harry Dresden, or Dresden Files, series by Jim Butcher. These books always have great pacing, action, and plenty of humor. For any of you who’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I rarely read a series in order. This is actually my 6th or 7th Dresden book, even though it’s technically the 2nd in the series. Oops? Haha. It’s still great.

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Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves & Shifters, Witches & Wizards, Private Detective


2. The Book of Taltos

Yet another book series that I’ve read willy-nilly. The Book of Taltos by Steven Brust is one of the Vlad Taltos series. There’s wry humor, magic, and a shoulder dragon. Need I say more?

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Genres: Fantasy, Epic, Sword & Sorcery


3. When the Future Comes Too Soon

And here is another book from the middle of a series. When the Future Comes Too Soon by Selina Siak Chin Yoke is a powerful novel. Definitely not as light-hearted as the previous two books, but it’s packed with insight.

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Genres: Historical Fiction, Asian American, Cultural Heritage, Family Life


4. Don Quixote and Candide Seek Truth, Justice, and El Dorado in the Digital Age

This book had me literally laughing out loud. It smushes a whole bunch of classic literary and pop culture characters together in weird and wacky ways. If you don’t know the characters, though, it might be considerably less funny.

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Genres: Humorous, Fantasy


5. Known Shippable, Will Not Fix

I loved this indie book to bits. You might find some really negative reviews for this book, but most of them are from before it was re-edited. This book is hilarious, zany, and really inventive.

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Genre: Humorous, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Video & Electronic Games


6. Kat Cubed

This book combines two things I love to think about: multiverses and quantum mechanics. It also helps that the author has a Ph.D in Particle Physics.

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Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction, New Adult Fiction


7. Smoke City

This book is entirely different from everything on this list. It has some vaguely Hunter S. Thompson vibes and a unique spin on novel structure.

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Genres: Magical Realism, Ghosts, Paranormal and Urban

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